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There’s always something to cheer about at Special Olympics Virginia! Our most recent news stories are below. You can also check out our calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Vice President, Development & Communications, at [email protected] or call her at 804.726.3025.


The 2020 Xperience brings the best to Charlottesville

The 2020 Xperience featured the top Special Olympics Tennis players from North America. The 3-day tournament hosted at the Boar's Head Resort in Charlottesville is an annual event that was started to fulfill the dream of local Special Olympics athlete Jon…

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New VAHPERD partnership will encourage inclusion and fundraising in schools

Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) and the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) are excited to announce the start of an official partnership in January 2020.The partnership will focus on increasing communications and resources provided to schools…

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Inclusion in Schools - An easy feat with all of these feet

January 10, 2020 -  On your mark, get set, GO! Starting in late February, hundreds of school-age athletes will participate in Little Feet Meets, Meet in the Middle events and Big Feet Meets across Virginia. These Unified Strategy for Schools® events…

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Teaming Up with Publix Super Markets

Special Olympics teams up with Publix Super Markets to ring in the New Year with the annual Torch Icon Campaign from Jan. 1-12, 2020. This annual event unites Publix associates, customers and local communities in an effort to support thousands of…

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A Look Back at 2019

"When we meaningfully include others who are different in our lives, we can erase the lines that divide us. It is our responsibility to leave Special Olympics better than we found it for the next generation; a Unified generation.…

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Special Olympics Virginia is FULL of Thanks for The Rite Aid Foundation

The Rite Aid Foundation has generously gifted Special Olympics Virginia with a $5,000 grant as part of its Full of Thanks holiday program. “We are so grateful to the Rite Aid Foundation for continuing to partner with us in our mission…

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Be a “Change” Maker at Wawa!

In-store donation campaign runs December 31 - February 24Stop by your local Wawa between December 30 and February 23, grab a coffee and drop your spare change into the coin canister. Customers can also make $1, $3 or $5 scan card donations in stores from January 2…

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Welcome Stafford Tourism: New Basketball Championships Partner

Basketball Season UnderwayBasketball season is officially underway as teams from across the state begin to prepare for this year's Basketball Championships on March 6-7. More than 800 athletes will qualify and make the trip to Stafford for the 2020 Basketball Championships.We're…

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First Ever Corporate Truck Pull Comes to Richmond

On November 9, Richmond area companies rallied together to participate in the first Corporate Truck Pull for Special Olympics Virginia and helped to raise over $14,000!Kimley-Horn, Markel, Davis & Green and Pro-Seal were among the competitors and although the weather was…

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Xperience Tennis Invitational, Jan. 9-11 in Charlottesville

“We are here to lead a revolution. But it is not a violent revolution or an angry revolution or a vengeful revolution. We are here to lead the inclusion revolution, a revolution of the heart.” – Tim Shriver, Special Olympics ChairmanBut…

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